Nanominiature connectors offer size and weight savings

Paul Boughton
Nanominiature connectors from TE Connectivity (TE) combine size and weight with desired performance attributes such as high reliability, low contact resistance and wide operation temperature range, making them among the smallest and toughest connectors available to designers. The connectors offer space and weight savings in applications where size, weight and reliability are crucial design factors.

Nanominiature connectors are 10 times smaller in volume and about 10 per cent the weight of a standard Micro-D connector with the same number of positions, delivering significant size and weight reduction. TE’s nano connectors also provide significant electrical and mechanical advantages over other nanominiature connectors such as voltage ratings of 500V at sea level versus 250V for others and 500 mating cycles versus 200. [Page Break]

Typical applications include space, smart munitions, missile defense, aircraft communications and UAVs. The common thread is the high reliability and space and weight-sensitive requirements of such applications.

The nanominiature connectors are available with temperature ranges as wide as -200°C to 200C°. They are available in single-row configurations with 5 to 51 contacts and double-row configurations with 9 to 65 contacts. They come with machined aluminium shells (with a variety of plating), stainless steel shells for extra sturdiness or plastic shells for added weight savings. They are also available in environmentally sealed circular configurations.

The connectors can be supplied with flying leads, as jumper assemblies, or as custom harnesses with multiple connectors. Due to the small size of the contacts, wire sizes are 30 AWG and smaller. PC board styles include through-hole, surface-mount, and edge-board mount.

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